Ryan Flynn believes his St Mirren teammates have the chance to make history firmly in their hands.

The Buddies midfielder has returned to the injury-ravaged Saints at a pivotal moment as they look to secure a significant top-half finish, playing in the club’s last seven games during a hectic period on the pitch.

The Paisley club go into tonight’s crucial match with Motherwell, their last game in hand on their nearest rivals, knowing a win would be a massive boost, psychologically, in the race for sixth place.

Flynn, who has returned from a serious cruciate ligament injury to anchor the Buddies midfield in recent weeks, believes the club’s forthcoming clashes with the Steelmen and Ross County on Saturday will go a long way to defining their campaign.

He also revealed his “relief” that the club aren’t facing a relegation battle this season, with Motherwell the side fighting for their Premiership lives this time around.

“We are focused on getting that top-six spot and it would be a great achievement,” he told Express Sport.

“It is there for us. It is in our hands.

“The next two games are a massive, massive opportunity for us. We are in the driving seat but nothing is a given. Motherwell will be hurting after a few disappointing results. We will be ready for them as they will be looking for a reaction.

“It’s definitely better this season. You don’t want to be involved in a dogfight. We’ve been there and done that and it’s much better being involved in the fight for the top six.

“Points still matter just as much, though. The top six is not ours yet, so we have to fight and scratch for the points.

“We went up to Aberdeen and that was a fight and a scrap in the conditions, and Livingston on Saturday was exactly the same.

Ryan Flynn has pushed through the pain barrier for the Saints

“The games aren’t any easier, but there’s a real belief within the whole squad and you just want to show that we are good enough.

“You’ve got to go and show it and battle for those points.

“On the flip side of that, when we were down in the relegation zone, we turned our form around and played some really good stuff towards the end of the season.

“The teams who are down there will be hurting and looking to bounce back, so we have to be ready for that.

“No team is going to roll over, especially in the Premiership. Points are hard to get in this league and you have to be ready for it.”

At 32, Flynn is something of the elder statesmen in a St Mirren midfield that has regularly featured 19-year-old Ethan Erhahon and 22-year-olds Cammy MacPherson and Jake Doyle-Hayes this season.

Despite their respective youth, the former Sheffield United midfielder insists he hasn’t had to coach the precocius talents through recent battles.

Flynn explained: “The young boys are really good. Ethan and Cammy and the others always work hard and you always help them in a game, but they read the game really well.

“I don’t need to talk them through a game or anything. They’ll go on and do really well. They just needed that opportunity to show what they can do.

“I really enjoy playing with them. I played with Ethan in central midfield when I came back from injury and really enjoyed that game (against Dundee Utd). We dominated that game between us.

“They’re good lads and throughout the whole squad it’s a good group. They’ve had a massive part to play this

“I don’t disagree with the gaffer that Ethan can go as far as he wants.”